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The APC40, Akai Professional’s dedicated Ableton Live super-controller, is shipping now. If you want to get your hands on one, Ableton recommends placing your order quickly, as they seem to be selling out just as quickly.

The (Ableton Performance Controller) APC40 is a dedicated controller for Ableton Live, co-designed by Ableton and the same engineering team responsible for Akai’s iconic MPC range of products. This is a dream come true for the Ableton Live community and an exciting first step into the world of Ableton Live for new users.

The APC40 features high quality controls for real-time mixing, remixing and production. 109 buttons, 16 endless encoders with LED rings, nine 45mm faders and a replaceable crossfader give musicians and producers complete control of Live’s Session View, effect devices and virtual instruments. Whether you’re in the studio or on stage, DJing, making beats, running backing tracks, firing MIDI loops or triggering sound effects, you can kiss your mouse goodbye.

Ableton Live Akai Professional APC Edition, a custom-tailored software package, comes with every APC40. This features eight audio and eight MIDI tracks plus twenty Session View scenes. It also includes all of Live’s effects and even allows custom mapping, making it a simple but adequate out-of-the-box solution for studio and stage.

The APC40 requires Ableton Live 7 or higher. The software requires any G4 Mac or faster (Intel Mac recommended), 512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended), Mac OS X 10.3.9 (10.4 or later recommended), QuickTime 6.5 or higher, and a DVD-ROM drive.

Ableton is also extending “special thanks to Jeroen van Garling, AKA djsynchro, for the APC40/Liberty image, and thanks to all forum members who posted some fantastic APC40 photoshopping and had us laughing all over the office. You know who you are, guys, thank you.”

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Discuss the APC40 in our Live forum.